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Leclerc has the spirit to be a world champion, but he’ll have to do more to overtake Verstappen

As Charles Leclerc departed Budapest following another dramatic weekend that defined his Ferrari team’s first half of the 2022 Formula One season, the talented Monégasque stayed stubbornly hopeful.

This pilot has had a difficult period that would put anyone to the test. In the first three races of the season, the 24-year-old, competing for the championship for the first time in his still-young career, delivered the type of results that shout world champion potential. His result was a 46-point advantage (almost two races) over current titleholder Max Verstappen. His driving endeavors were near immaculate, his speed breathtaking, and the Ferrari package he was handed was the finest they’d supplied in decades. Leclerc and Ferrari were legitimate title challengers, and rightly so. Such pilots are worth betting on if you find a good, reliable booking company. Go to Superbet South Africa to learn about such an online company.

Except for a spectacular triumph in Austria, every race afterward has been fraught with heartbreak. In Imola, Leclerc whirled unexpectedly and fell from third to sixth. When dominating in Spain and Azerbaijan, engine issues occurred. In Monaco and Silverstone, poor strategic choices cost him the advantage. Due to an unorthodox tire strategy in Hungary, he dropped from first to sixth place. And a blunder while attempting to close the distance on Verstappen caused him to crash and lose the lead in France.

That puts Leclerc 80 points behind Verstappen with nine Grands Prix remaining. After those heartbreaking setbacks, Leclerc presented a despondent image in the TV booth. His expression reveals the dissatisfaction that is gnawing at him. When a team error occurs, Leclerc protects Ferrari because he is a genuine team player. When it’s his fault, he has no cover—he is highly critical of himself.

In France, he admitted his mistake. He didn’t blame the weather or try to come up with another reason. That’s not his personality.  But he also didn’t retaliate for trying to create a gap and looking for that additional tenth of a second because, in his perspective, if he isn’t doing that, he isn’t doing everything he can to win the championship and return the title to Ferrari for the first time in more than a decade.

Leclerc is racing at a good degree; he is second in F1’s Standings with an 8.3 out of 10, 0.5 points behind Verstappen, and has seven poles in this season’s 13 races. The bad news is that he only won two of those P1 positions and has just five podiums, one fewer than teammate Carlos Sainz.

He has the lowest average race finishing position among the top four drivers in the championship. Verstappen has a 1.82, Sergio Perez has a 2.80, Sainz has a 2.89, and the Monegasque has a 3.20. Leclerc, on the other hand, is upbeat.

Taking into consideration the fastest lap points and scores for the Sprint in Brazil, there are still 242 points available on the table. Just like the championship swung 46 points to Leclerc and then 80 to Verstappen, it can swing again—even though his Dutch adversary is riding high right now.

According to Leclerc, Ferrari’s F1-75 is quick. That is the most difficult part. They just need to cut out the blunders and wish for some good fortune along the road. Leclerc’s ability to categorize the anguish of poor reliability or incorrect strategy calls, as well as his faults, means that if those issues are straightened out, he can get the best of a speedy car.

His goal now is simple: win every race left in the season and pray that’s sufficient to beat Verstappen.

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RM Sotheby’s × FERRARI F300

RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to offer the most successful Ferrari Formula 1 car utilized during the 1998 Formula One World Championship season, piloted to four victories at the hands of one of the world’s greatest drivers, Michael Schumacher.

On 7 January 1998, Ferrari invited over 800 journalists to Maranello to preview its new Formula 1 car, which was dubbed the F300. The latest Ferrari challenger employed a new 3.0-liter V-10 engine and featured a maximum engine speed of 17,500 rpm, producing 800 horsepower. The F300 would see continued development and fine-tuning during the 1998 season. However, there can be absolutely no doubt among racing historians that the design’s efficient aerodynamics and well-balanced V-10 powerplant were the true foundation of the Scuderia’s incoming millennial domination of the Formula One world.

The Ferrari F300, specifically chassis 187, took its first of four stunning race victories at the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal’s Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. Schumacher and chassis 187 claimed victory along with the fastest lap with a massive 16-second lead off the runner-up. Schumacher and chassis 187 continued their successful relationship at the next two races, scoring victories in France and Britain. With these three consecutive victories, Scuderia Ferrari vaulted back up in the standings and into serious contention against McLaren-Mercedes for both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles. A few weeks after the winning streak, Schumacher scored his 33rd career win behind the wheel of chassis 187 when he crossed the finish line at the Italian Grand Prix.

Eminently rare and forever tied to one of racing’s all-time greatest legends, the extraordinary Michael Schumacher, 187 is without a doubt one of the most significant Ferrari F1 cars in existence, being the only undefeated chassis to run at least three races. The Scuderia retained chassis 187 until September 1999, when it was then sold directly and privately to the previous owner in the same race-used condition in which it remains today, and in their 23 years of ownership, chassis 187 has been remarkably preserved as it has never been restored or altered from its as-raced condition. It remained shielded from the public during this time and will be publicly offered for sale in Monterey for the first time in its history—providing an unrepeatable opportunity (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000).

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H.R. Owen Bugatti announces the launch of Ettore’s Espresso Bar via Influence Associates for use by 360 MAGAZINE

H.R. OWEN – ETTORE’S

H.R. Owen Bugatti has today announced the official launch of Ettore’s Espresso Bar, the most exclusive coffee spot in London. As the first Bugatti dealership anywhere in the world to have its own espresso bar, H.R. Owen Bugatti, which normally operates by invitation-only, has opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Based at the French luxury marque’s London showroom in Bruton Street, Mayfair, Ettore’s Espresso Bar has been aptly named after the founder and patron of Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti. Ettore was a man who opted for only the very best in everything he did, not just for his ingenious cars, but also for bicycle frames, razors and locks – if he didn’t find a product that fit his standards, he would design his own. Ettore’s Espresso Bar is designed in his image, with a top-end Italian espresso machine – a nod to Ettore’s Italian birthplace – and a trained barista to serve up luxurious coffees to passers-by. With the backdrop of an example of one of Bugatti’s latest range of hyper sports cars and a showroom filled with beautifully crafted Bugatti Home Collection furniture, it’s one of the most extraordinary coffee spots in London.  

The staples of Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte, Americano, Flat White and Macchiato are all available but the pièce de résistance is The Ettore Shot, an Espresso served in a Bugatti Carbon Fibre Espresso cup. Clients who purchase The Ettore Shot, priced at £50, will be allowed full access to the lounge of the London showroom and see the Bugatti – on static display – up close, as well as being able to learn more about the French luxury brand through the brand ambassadors based there.

The lounge is furnished with specially designed Bugatti armchairs, which are made using the finest leather and blue-tinted carbon fibre – the same high-spec materials that feature in Bugatti’s cars. Alongside the present and future, the showroom lounge also reflects Bugatti’s history and heritage, through a selection of art installations and sculptures that celebrate the brand beyond the cars. H.R. Owen Bugatti is more than just a car showroom; it is designed to convey a shared passion for the Bugatti brand and everything it stands for

In addition to Ettore’s Espresso Bar, visitors to the showroom can explore a wide variety of Bugatti merchandise options, from baseball caps and pens, to VIITA for Bugatti smart watches.

H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Czinger, Rimac and Radford.

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Chiron Pur Sport

H.R. Owen Bugatti will present the first public appearance of Bugatti Sur Mesure’s debut customer project at Salon Privé London. The unique Chiron Pur Sport is inspired by the heroics of 20th Century racing driver, Louis Chiron, featuring brand new exterior paint colours and a number of ultra-bespoke interior and exterior styling additions. 

Translated as tailored, Bugatti’s Sur Mesure builds upon the marque’s distinguished history of coachbuilding, handcrafted interiors, paint finishes, embroidery and bodywork, gathering the collective expertise of its skilled designers and engineers to form a brand-new program to meet growing customer demand for ultra-customized designs, materials and finishes.

Louis Chiron was one of Bugatti’s most legendary racing drivers, notching up countless victories at the wheel of Bugatti racers. Just one of his memorable wins was at the 1931 the French Grand Prix, together with Achille Varzi, in a Bugatti Type 51 emblazoned with the number 32.

This number – painted entirely by hand – now proudly adorns Bugatti’s modern hyper sports car as just one of a number of custom-made elements developed especially for this car. Two new exterior colours were created to pay homage to the legendary Grand Prix racing Bugattis of the ‘20s and ‘30s.

The Bugatti Sur Mesure team also developed a new fading EB painted pattern, applied meticulously by hand, which is complemented by a multi-layer stitched EB motif on the door panels. Both required new techniques and processes to be developed by the Bugatti Sur Mesure team. 

The 32 and Grand Prix motifs continue throughout the cabin, including a special centre console inlay in black anodized aluminium, with a silver hand-painted inscription. The motifs extend to the door sills, headrests and entry lights. Subtle branding distinguishing the model as a rare and unique product of the program can also be found.

Bugatti has calibrated the Chiron Pur Sport for agility, handling and driving performance. In addition to immense power; it also offers a high level of comfort and is suitable for everyday use. It is powered by an 8.0 litre W16 engine delivering 1,500 PS and 1,600 newton metres that is designed for an engine speed of up to 6,900 rpm in the agile Chiron Pur Sport. With the assistance of a 15 percent shorter transmission ratio, the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates even faster than the Chiron. The Chiron Pur Sport catapults from zero to 62mph in just 2.3 seconds, to 124mph in a mere 5.5 seconds and to 186mph in less than twelve seconds.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport by Sur Mesure will be joined on the Bugatti stand at Salon Privé London by two other examples of Bugatti’s hyper sports cars; the Veyron and Chiron.  

The three Bugatti models form just one small part of Salon Privé London, sister to Salon Privé Blenheim, which will make its debut in April at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. As one of the UK’s most prestigious events, eight cars will be making their global, European or UK show debut at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Promising to be London’s most exclusive automotive party, with plenty to see and do in addition to the motoring attractions, the shopping village will host a variety of luxury brands, alongside the first-class hospitality for which Salon Privé has long been renowned. Tickets for Salon Privé London are on sale now, please visit the website HERE.

H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Czinger, Rimac and Radford.
 

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Thomas Kelham New European Range

Thornley Kelham has revealed the first entirely new project in its ‘European’ range of reimagined automotive legends: the Jaguar XK European, which builds on the success of their Lancia Aurelia Outlaw. Taking a derelict donor Jaguar XK as its base, the bespoke program allows customers to transform their car into ‘European’ specification, featuring an all-alloy lightweight body penned by McLaren P1 designer Paul Howse, and a full range of performance and comfort upgrades and enhancements.  

Most of the work is carried out in-house by Thornley Kelham, together with a small number of trusted and talented partners.  As well as its work in concours restoration, the in-house team of craftsmen is expert in race-winning classic motorsport engines, and numerous previous projects have involved bespoke enhancements from uprated suspension, steering and brakes, to conversion to fuel injection, and the design and execution of convenience features such as air-conditioning and high-end ICE. In the ‘European’ program, all that experience comes to bear to create the ultimate incarnation of a number of European sports cars of the golden era, including the Jaguar XK.

Howse’ vision celebrates the original beautifully aerodynamic lines in a way that remains true to the car’s original intentions, echoing the kind of work applied to the E-Type Lightweight. The first major task was to lower the roofline so that the proportions become more elegant and purposeful. The next was to add some curvature to the sides; all the body sections now have an acceleration to them which adds sculpture and muscle but also lightness. The arches are wider both at the front and more significantly at the rear with wider alloy wire wheels filling them out nicely, giving a ‘road racer ‘stance. The brightwork was also removed and instead a subtle crease was introduced down the bonnet which follows the split-screen into the roof and washes out over the roof, which is more smoothly integrated into the overall form, as are the rear arches. At the rear, the tail now sweeps up to create a more teardrop form. The rear lamps are nestled into the bodywork and the headlights have had the chrome bezels removed, cleaning up the appearance.

Inside, a completely redesigned dashboard and interior echo the original but with a dedication to modernizing and improving wherever possible. The dials are kept in a similar layout but are surrounded by a body color aluminum dashboard rather than a flat slab of walnut. This is enveloped in the finest leather hugging the dials, now positioned slightly higher. The seating position is a vast improvement over the original, dropping the H-point significantly so that you sit in the car rather than on it and ensuring that the lowered roof doesn’t affect the headroom. The seats themselves, whilst classic in design, offer more support than the original items. The door design is also more sophisticated and sporting in design, with a slim storage pocket and a completely new door release to not only improve the ergonomics but also the knee clearance for taller drivers.

Electric windows are added, as are electronic gauges and a discreet rollcage, while air-conditioning, power steering, Bluetooth connectivity and a number of in-car entertainment options ensure that every European will offer the thrill of a classic with the convenience and everyday drivability of a modern car. 

The Jaguar XK 3.8-litre straight-six engine—which produced around 160 -220 bhp in period—is thoroughly re-engineered, imbuing the ‘European’ specification with performance akin to a modern sports car. The all-alloy engine is equipped with direct injection, a bespoke camshaft and rebored cylinders for either 300hp or 340hp depending on specification.

To allow the new engine to perform more consistently at higher performance, there is an upgraded aluminum radiator with an oil cooler, as well as louvered bonnet and subtly redesigned vents and apertures. Power is delivered through a redesigned five-speed manual transmission. Each and every component has been carefully considered and thoughtfully designed for the best possible driving experience. 

The handling has been enhanced with reconfigured suspension all-round, employing double wishbones at the front, coilovers, tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs. It’s a far more modern package than the original car, which featured basic leaf springs on the rear axle. In fact, the rear axle set-up has been completely redesigned, and now incorporates a limited-slip differential. Four-piston vented disc brakes equip each wheel.  

From basket case Jaguar XK to European-specification Jaguar XK involves a process of over 5,000 hours, every stage driven by Thornley Kelham’s meticulous (and award-winning) attention to detail and applied across the entirety of the car from metalwork, paintwork (800 hours) to engineering, fine Connolly leather trimming and chassis set-up.  

For almost 15 years, the Thornley Kelham team have been masters of both authentic award-winning restoration work and bespoke, upgraded collector cars. From its 32,000sq/ft facility in the Cotswolds, UK, a talented team of over 30 has produced the Restoration of the Year-winning Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada, the London Concours ‘Best in Show’ Frazer-Nash BMW 328 and the Concorso d’Eleganza class-winning Lancia Astura Torpedo by Viotti.  

When customers require additional performance, they can turn to Thornley Kelham’s expert in-house engineering and engine-building team, who can imbue existing historic engines with incredible levels of performance. At the 2018 Le Mans Classic, for example, three cars—two Invicta S Types and a Lagonda—used engines prepared by Thornley Kelham engineers. One S Type produced double the output of the original engine, and the other the overall fastest nighttime speed of the race.   

To qualify as a member of the ‘European’ program, a project must bring together this world-class engine-building and chassis experience with decades of top-tier Concours-standard restoration expertise and a dedication to ultimate perfection.

In short, it must fulfill three key criteria: design, details and drive.  

Simon Thornley, co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said: “With our concours-winning restoration heritage and our years of experience in perfecting our bespoke Lancia Aurelia ‘Outlaw’ project, we have developed a team perfectly placed to design and engineer a car that reimagines automotive icons authentically, in intricate detail and with a fastidious attention to quality. The Jaguar XK European is, to our eyes, the most beautiful car yet in the restomod sector, backed up with expertise and experience in developing cars that aren’t just perfect in their finish, but thrilling to own and drive.

“The 1950s marked the start of a golden era in European car design. As the world emerged from the dark years of WW2, there was a quest—and a need—for light and joy; a passion to create and rebuild. In Europe, this resonated in the car industry. A new era began, driving exports, harnessing and refocussing the continent’s talents, and a new generation of sports cars emerged—in Britain the Jaguar XK120, Austin Healey 100, MGA and AC Ace, in Italy the Lancia Aurelia, Alfa Romeo 1900, models by Fiat, Ferrari and Maserati. German engineers developed the wonderful Porsche 356 followed by the majestic Mercedes 300SL. At Thornley Kelham, over a decade of working with, driving, and restoring these models to Concours-level standards, has honed our appreciation for these wonderful automobiles. Our deep experience of their beauty, engineering—and foibles—has also led to an evolution in our approach to them. And so, we have launched our ‘European’ division, our mission being to both pay tribute to their heritage, and to develop them to meet the demands of the 21st Century driver.” 

Development of the first Jaguar XK built to ‘European’ specification is already underway, with the first commission secured. Numbers will be strictly limited, with prices from £550,000 plus donor car depending on specification. 

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HR Owen London Delivers Three Bugatti Supercars

H.R. Owen Bugatti London gathers three Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 10% of the total production – before they’re delivered to customers

H.R. Owen Bugatti London is delivering three Chiron Super Sport 300+ models to its customers in January, representing 10% of the total limited production run.

The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was first revealed to the world in 2019 when it became the first car from a production manufacturer to break the 300mph barrier, recording a world record speed of 304.773mph, with Official Bugatti Test Pilot Andy Wallace behind the wheel. It was announced shortly after that just 30 examples of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ would be handcrafted and delivered to customers worldwide. 

In order to achieve its world-record speed, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ received a number of meticulously engineered upgrades. Most obviously, its streamlined bodywork was redesigned to include a ‘longtail’, which helped maintain a smooth flow of air over the car to maintain stability at high speeds. The new shape, and a set of vertical exhaust pipes, allowed for a diffusor 32% larger, helping to further increase downforce. 

The legendary 8.0-litre W16 engine was upgraded with reinforced pistons, larger turbochargers and an oil pump capable of operating at higher pressures, to deliver a total of 1,600PS – exactly 100PS more than Chiron. 

The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is marked out by its unique paintwork. Compared with Super Sport, which shares a longtail body, the Super Sport 300+ is finished in black carbon fibre, complemented by a Jet Orange racing stripe running through the center of the car. Carbon continues to flow through into the car’s engine cover, and even the windscreen wiper.

Additional flourishes complete the 300+’s design, including a Bugatti “Macaron” logo made of genuine silver and black enamel, and strong magnesium alloy wheels finished in a bespoke colour named “Nocturne”.

The sold-out Chiron Super Sport 300+ vehicles are being built at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France, each starting at a net price of 3.5 million euros.

H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Puritalia, Rimac and Radford. 

About H.R. Owen 

H.R. Owen is Britain’s leading luxury motor dealer group, dealing with some of the world’s most sought-after premium car brands – Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Rimac and Puritalia. 

The H.R. Owen Group not only operates in sales and service of premium luxury cars, but it also offers a number of related divisions across all brands including its Insurance Services. 

The H.R. Owen flagship dealership, Jack Barclay, has been operating in Mayfair since 1927 and although traditionally just a London-based business, the company now has locations in five counties in addition to their six London showrooms – Cheltenham (Gloucestershire), Pangbourne (Berkshire), Byfleet (Surrey), St. Albans (Hertfordshire) as well as Stockport (Greater Manchester).

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Scuderia Ferrari × Dynisma – New Simulator

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’s new simulator is completed

The new Scuderia Ferrari simulator is in its new home. The fitting out of the facility and the commissioning of the simulator was completed this week in a new building that sits between the main office of the Gestione Sportiva and the Fiorano Track. In the coming weeks, the calibration work will be carried out and then, at some point in September, after the summer break required by the sporting regulations, the real work will begin, supporting the design phase of the 2022 car.

The new simulator is absolutely at the cutting edge in the field of vehicle dynamics simulation and reproduces in a 360° environment, the lowest latency, and the highest bandwidth motion cueing of any motion simulator available on the market. It is based on a completely new concept– the result of a collaboration between Scuderia Ferrari and Dynisma, a UK-based independent company headed up by former Ferrari engineer Ash Warne. It has been developed exclusively for the Maranello team.

“Simulation and digital technology are going to play an ever more important role in the development of a Formula 1 car and we believe we have made the best possible choice, focusing on creating a tool that will enable us to make a generational leap in this sector,” commented Gianmaria Fulgenzi, Scuderia Ferrari‘s Head of Supply Chain. “To produce it, we chose Dynisma, a young and dynamic company. It has taken two years to complete this project and now we are ready to start using it on the 674 project, which is the name given to the car that will be produced based on the new technical regulations that come into force in 2022.”

Ash Warne, Dynisma CEO said: “All my experience in Formula 1 informed me that motion simulators were just not realistic or responsive enough. We set up Dynisma to change that and with the mission to create the world’s most immersive simulator and widen access to the best high fidelity, responsive motion generators that drivers and engineers could want.

“We are proud that our first commission is for the world’s most famous and respected motorsport team and it’s proof that Dynisma has created world-leading technologies. We have broken convention and redefined the sector by looking at the problem in an entirely new way.”

About Dynisma

Dynisma, an independent company, was founded in 2017 by experienced F1 driving simulator engineer Ashley Warne, who previously led the simulator development efforts of both Ferrari and McLaren. Dynisma has developed a unique approach to high performance motion generation. Dynisma’s range of Motion Generators (DMG’s), feature high bandwidth, low latency, and large excursion motion simulation, delivering class leading driving simulation capabilities.

For more information and to register your interest visit here.

Read the full Scuderia Ferrari statement here.

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Harry Metcalfe × The Collector

‘The Collector’ Harry Metcalfe at London Concours

  • London Concours reveals details of its perennial feature ‘The Collector’, which shines a light on one individual’s car collection
  • Co-founder of evo magazine and Harry’s Garage, Harry Metcalfe will display some gems from his garage, including his recently restored London Concours-award-winning Lamborghini Espada
  • The display will also feature two icons of ‘80s excess: the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa
  • Metcalfe will also display among his eclectic car selection, a mix of Paris Dakar winning motorbikes from 1979 – 1998
  • Hosted at the Honorable Artillery Company HQ from 8-10 June, the London Concours is the finest automotive garden party
  • Tickets are available now, from London Concours

The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet, each year, places one individual’s car collection firmly in the limelight, revealing the personal stories and immense passion which created it. This year The Collector celebrates Oxfordshire-based automotive aficionado, co-founder of evo magazine and Harry’s Garage, Harry Metcalfe, and his eclectic car collection.

Setting the tone nicely is Harry’s Ferrari Testarossa ‘Monodado’, a car which featured heavily in the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel as it undertook a legendary journey from Harry’s home in the Cotswolds to the Sahara Desert. The Pininfarina-designed car was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1984 and is the epitome of ‘80s indulgence and excess. Harry’s car is a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, powered by a naturally aspirated dry-sump 4.9-litre Flat-12 engine – which is capable of propelling the car from 0-60mph in just over five seconds.

Alongside it, another ‘80s poster car, the Lamborghini Countach. Harry’s car is a 5000 Quattrovalvole – meaning 4 valves per cylinder. This is the highest horsepower version of the Countach ever made, producing 449hp. One of the most recognizable cars in recent history, the Countach epitomizes the decade of the 1980s, despite having been in production since 1974, where it remained until 1990. Harry’s particular car was the car that launched the Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole at the London Motor Show in 1987, and he also had legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni sign the interior during one if its many trips to Italy – a very special car indeed.

The display will also include several of Harry’s Jaguars. Most notable among them are two Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) cars. These are limited edition, fettled versions of Jaguar’s finest motor cars designed purely for motoring pleasure, in this instance Harry is bringing along a Jaguar F-TYPE ‘Project 7’ and a Jaguar XE SV ‘Project 8’.

The Jaguar F-TYPE is a limited-edition car, with only 250 ever made. Project 7 was inspired Jaguar’s racing pedigree. Its name derived from the seven times Jaguar has won the famous Le Mans 24-hour race. Three of those historic wins were in the iconic D‑type, and the brief to Jaguar’s designers with the Project 7 was to conceive a modern-day D‑type. Harry was involved in the car from its formative days, providing feedback on the first prototype vehicles. Harry’s car is number 1 of 250, and as such has a few special features including the striking orange detailing on the front grille, calipers, mirrors and the underside of the rear spoiler. Inside the boot, every member of Jaguar’s SVO team has signed the vehicle, making it truly unique.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history – producing 592hp from a 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine. The car is a limited production run of just 300 cars worldwide, each one hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England. The Project 8 still holds the fastest ever lap for a four-door production sedan at the Nürburgring Nordschleife – having beaten many renowned supercars in the process. Harry’s car is the first ever Project 8 and is a bespoke version in a striking deep purple with a distinctive black stripe, it is a four-seater version with a black roof and lightweight forged black alloy wheels.

Harry is also bringing with him a selection of six Paris Dakar winning motorbikes from 1979 – 1998. Harry has had a longstanding love of motorbikes having spent a lot of time during his formative years at his parents’ house in Wales riding motorbikes around the nearby forests and fields. Bikes that visitors can expect to see on the stand include a 1978 Yamaha XT500, a 1984 BMW R80 G/S Paris Dakar, a Honda XL500R Paris Dakar, a 1989 Honda Africa Twin 650 Marathon, a 1989 Yamaha Super Tenere 750 and a 1991 Cagiva Elefant 900ie – which all help to chronicle the legendary off-road rally event which started out in 1978 pitting competitors against each other on the toughest off-road terrain from Paris France to Dakar, Senegal. He is also bringing along two of his favorite road bikes, a 1974 Kawasaki KH750 (the biggest two-stroke production superbike), which has a fearsome reputation and was banned in the US in 1976 for breaching emissions regulations, and a 1979 Honda CBX which is well-known for being the first ever six-cylinder production bike.

Rounding out a collection of eight cars and eight bikes, Harry is also bringing his 1978 Jaguar XJC V12 manual, which is currently undergoing a thorough restoration in the hands of Painting Classic Cars in Eastbourne, his recently restored 1971 Lamborghini Espada Series 2, which took home class honors at last year’s show, as well as his two Lotus models, a beautiful 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint and a classic 1987 Lotus Esprit Turbo HC.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “We always want our ‘The Collector’ feature to showcase a really personal selection of vehicles. And this year we are very pleased to welcome automotive afficionado Harry Metcalfe to join us at London Concours. What’s clear is that each of Harry’s cars and bikes is chosen for a reason; every single one has a story behind it, creating not just a spectacular visual display but a fantastic talking point, too. Harry’s collection has been collected and curated over many years and perfected over many more – and we look forward to welcoming him onto the manicured lawns of the HAC’s Artillery Gardens once more.”

Previously held over two days, the London Concours 2021 shifts to a three-day event to capitalize on visitor demand for more luxury brand content – from jewelry to bespoke suits – and modern supercars. The three days will be a VIP Preview Day, Style Edition and Supercar Day. At the heart of each day will remain the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented London Concours as one of the UK’s top motoring events.

The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021. Tickets are available from London Concours.

The Collector – Harry Metcalfe

The Cars

  • 1978 Jaguar XJC V12 manual (TBC)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Espada S2
  • 1987 Ferrari Testarossa
  • 1987 Lamborghini Countach QV
  • 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint
  • 1987 Lotus Esprit Turbo HC
  • 2015 Jaguar Project 7
  • 2018 Jaguar Project 8

The Motorbikes – Dakar’ Collection 1978 – 1991

  • 1978 Yamaha XT500
  • 1986 BMW R80 G/S Paris-Dakar (a limited run model brought out to celebrate BMW’s 4 wins at Dakar)
  • 1984 Honda XL500R Paris Dakar
  • 1989 Honda Africa Twin 650 Marathon
  • 1989 Yamaha Super Tenere 750
  • 1991 Cagiva Elefant 900ie

The Road Bikes

  • 1974 Kawasaki KH750 H2
  • 1979 Honda CBX
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Pirelli P Zero DHE

PIRELLI P ZERO DHE FOR THE NEW FERRARI 488 GT MODIFICATA: COMPETITION TIRES FOR THE NEW TRACK-BASED GT CAR

Pirelli’s DHE was introduced last year for GT3 racing championships, but now equips Ferrari’s limited-edition track day special in 325/680-18 size at the front and 325/705-18 size at the rear.

The Pirelli P Zero DHE has been selected as original equipment for the new Ferrari 488 GT Modificata: a limited-edition car exclusively for use during track days and at Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events. The 488 GT Modificata, announced last November, will make its first public appearance at the Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2020, which will take place from March 4-7 at the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit in Italy. Pirelli’s P Zero DHE racing tires, developed by Pirelli for GT3 cars, equip the new Ferrari in 325/680-18 size at the front and 325/705-18 size at the back.

Produced in very limited numbers, the Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is for customers who compete at the wheel of a Ferrari in GT championships all around the world. It captures the spirit of both the 488 GTE and 488 GT3 racing cars perfectly. The 488 GT Modificata will be eligible for Club Competizioni GT events, which are carving out an increasingly prominent place among Ferrari’s track activities. Pirelli’s P Zero DHE is an evolution of the previous DHD2, with modifications designed to make these tires more versatile for the wide variety of GT3 cars and drivers. This tire offers even more consistency and reliability than its predecessor and is able to guarantee optimal performance throughout a wide variety of different circuits and conditions.

The 2020 Finali Mondiali Ferrari, which this year takes place in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced a postponement to 2021, represents the spectacular culmination of Ferrari’s GT season. On the menu are the final rounds of the Ferrari Challenge as well as meetings of the XX and F1 Clienti programmes. The World Finals also decide the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell titles: all well-known Ferrari-backed competitions that rely on Pirelli tires. Since the Ferrari Challenge made its debut in 1993, Pirelli has been the worldwide exclusive tire supplier. The Ferrari Challenge represents the perfect ­­open-air laboratory for Pirelli, allowing future road-going tires to be developed using the lessons learned on the racetrack.

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London Concours 2020

  • The London Concours has announced the first of its special feature displays; a celebration of the Ferrari Dino, presented by Foskers
     
  • A total of eight Ferrari Dinos, each in a different factory-original colour, will gather on the ever-green lawn of London’s HAC
     
  • The Dino is now regarded as one of the finest handling Ferraris of all time, and was built to honour Enzo Ferrari’s late son, ‘Alfredino’
     
  • Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 10-11 June, the London Concours is the capital’s finest automotive garden party
     
  • Tickets are available now from www.londonconcours.co.uk
      

The London Concours has announced the first of its exceptional special features; a uniquely colourful celebration of one of the most iconic Ferraris of all-time: the Dino. Presented by the UK’s oldest independent Ferrari specialist, Foskers, this privately-owned collection of Dinos will be the headline feature of the capital’s finest automotive garden party.

Not initially badged as a Ferrari, the Dino was developed to honour the memory of Enzo Ferrari’s late son ‘Alfredino’, and has gone to become one of the most cherished models to have ever been produced at Maranello.

At the London Concours 2020, taking place from 10-11 June, a unique line-up of eight Ferrari Dino models will gather – each one in a different factory-produced colour. It’s the flagship feature in a show that will see the rarefied lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ – just a stone’s throw from Bank and Moorgate in the City of London – transformed into motoring nirvana for just two days. Over 100 automotive icons will gather in classes, ranging from ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ to ‘The Era of the Hypercar’. 

First introduced in 1967, the Dino 206 GT was the first mid-engined car from Ferrari, and the first to use a V6 at a time when all of its cars were V12-powered. The 2.0-litre V6 engine itself was adapted from one of ‘Alfredino’ Enzo’s racing car designs for road car use. And so, with the release of the new ‘Dino’ brand and the 206 GT, Ferrari stepped into the fray against the all-conquering Porsche 911.

With a lightweight aluminium body, a more compact footprint than existing Ferrari models, perfect weight distribution thanks to the transverse mid-engined layout and advanced independent double wishbone suspension all-round, the Dino was a handling revelation. And just two years after the 206 GT’s introduction came the Dino 246 GT to bolster its success.

With an increase in engine size to 2.4-litres – hence 246 GT – came more power and a slight increase in performance; it could have been more but Ferrari decided to switch back to heavier steel body panels, adding around 50kg to the kerbweight. Nevertheless, the 246 GT was a runaway success, selling more than 3,500 between 1969 and 1974. In total around 3,700 Dino 206 and 246 GT/GTS were built, transforming Ferrari’s business and production numbers.

Showcasing the gamut of outlandish original colours offered to Dino customers, the London Concours will gather examples in Rosso Chiaro red, Grigio Ferro grey, Blu Dino, Nero black, Nuovo Giallo yellow and more. Among them is a rare ‘Chairs and Flares’ version of the Dino, just one-of-five UK-delivered examples with these sought-after additions; wide wheelarches and ‘Daytona’ seats.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “Before the Dino, Ferrari was building enormously powerful V12-engined cars in exceedingly small numbers. It’s not an overstatement to say the business was transformed by the popularity of this nimble, beautifully balanced and lightweight sports car. The Dino set a template for a whole range of mid-engined Ferrari models that continues to this day, and includes legends like the 355, 430 and even the latest F8 Tributo. It’s hard to pick just one Maranello icon to honour at London Concours this year, but our car selection committee is in total agreement; the Dino deserves time in the spotlight, and we’re more than happy to oblige.”

The London Concours 2020 takes place from 10-11 June. Tickets are available to buy now from http://londonconcours.co.uk/tickets